Hireimmigrants.ca Tele-seminar Series

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Hireimmigrants.ca, a TRIEC project, runs regular tele-seminars to inform hiring decision makers and business leaders about to source, select, develop and welcome skilled immigrants as creative contributors to their workforce.

Visit their

Seminar Series page for information about upcoming seminars. Previous seminars are available on their site and below in MP3/Windows Media audio format.

December 11, 2007 - How Business Communication Classes Can Unleash the Talent of Your Culturally Diverse Workforce


  • Teresa McGill, President, Gandy Associates
  • Janet Beecham, Resource Manager, Human Resources & Development
  • Teranet Inc. - Deborah Bugeja, Manager, Training and Employee Development
  • Toromont CAT

Listen to Teresa McGill, President of Gandy Associates, outline how business communication classes can help you tap into the talent of your culturally diverse workforce. She will share with you the positive impact that companies have had from making this investment. Better internal and external communications at Teranet and Toromont CAT have improved teamwork and resulted in innovation, increased morale and employee retention.

Download key learnings - PDF format (39 KB, 5 pages)

November 13, 2007 - Recruiting and Retaining Skilled Immigrants: Award-Winning Practices From Small, Medium and Large Companies

Speakers: 2007 Immigrant Success (IS) Award Winners

  • Cam Heaps, President - Steam Whistle Brewing (Small Employer Award)
  • Dr. Hadi Mahabadi, VP - Xerox Research Centre of Canada
  • (Medium Employer Award) - Catherine MacEwen, HR Safety and Communications Manager
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (Large Employer Award)

Dial in to listen to the 2007 IS Award Winners tell how much of their company?s success has come from recruiting and integrating skilled immigrants into their workforce. Hear how Steam Whistle achieves an employee retention rate of 90%, how Xerox works with 137 employees from over 35 countries and how TRCA has created a diversity committee to train their 400 staff and volunteers for success.

Download the audio file.

Separation of Church and Work: What Employers Need to Know About Accommodation


  • Suzanne McFarlane, Diversity Sourcing Specialist
  • Hewitt Associates
  • Len Starrett, CHRP, Manager, Human Resources
  • Tyco Electronics Canada Ltd.

The duty to accommodate religious practices is not discretionary and employers should approach this mandatory requirement with openness; it is another way to widen the recruiting pool and improve employee satisfaction and productivity. This seminar explains the duty to accommodate employees? religious practices and how to implement these changes in your organization.

Download the audio file.

Find additional questions answered online by our speakers.

[1.pdf Download Tyco's accommodation policy.]

Working with a Community Agency to Develop a Customized Language Program for your Skilled Immigrant Employees


  • Sunil Khambaswadkar, Director of Human Resources
  • Algorithmics
  • Jane Cullingworth, Executive Director
  • Helen Tam, CES Coordinator
  • Skills for Change

Learn why and how Algorithmics, one of Canada?s Top 100 Employers, works with a community agency to develop a customized language program for their skilled immigrant employees, and what the benefits have been. This is relevant to small and large companies.

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Leveraging Skills International for Your Recruiting


  • Sohail Khan, Project Manager
  • Skills International
  • Tami Cooper, Coordinator

Skills International is a web-enabled, searchable database of candidate profiles dedicated exclusively to profiling the skills of immigrant job seekers in Ontario. The first of its kind in Canada, this tool matches pre-screened, skilled immigrants with employers who need their skills. It is free, efficient and easy to use. All candidates have worked with a qualified employment advisor on employment preparation and are ready to work in Canada.

Download the audio file.

Download the accompanying presentation.

Click here to visit Skills International.

Understanding Cross-Cultural Communication Challenges and Solutions


  • Lionel Laroche, Principal and Founder
  • Multicultural Business Solutions, Inc.
  • Laura O'Connor, Technical Recruiter
  • Gennum Corporation


  • Cathryn Lohrisch, CMC, President
  • Cathryn Lohrisch & Co.

Experienced and respected consultant Lionel Laroche says cross-cultural misunderstandings often lead to a significant under-utilization of talent. Listen as he describes common workplace misunderstandings and practical solutions. Laura O'Connor speaks to the investment Gennum Corporation has made in improving the communication skills of new immigrant hires- and the positive outcomes that have resulted.

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Building Buy-In from Hiring Managers


  • Michel Cadieux, Senior VP Corporate Services
  • ATI Technologies Inc.
  • Sadaf Parvaiz, Manager of Inclusiveness
  • Ernst & Young LLP


  • Daniela Perciasepe, CHRP, HR Business Partner
  • Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

Changing established behaviour is tough. Convincing hiring managers to consider accepting and evaluating candidates with international experience can be a challenge, but there are ways to manage it effectively. Learn how other companies have met this challenge in their recruiting processes.

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New Ruling in Overqualification: How Will It Affect Your Hiring Practices?


  • Jeffrey Reitz, Professor
  • University of Toronto
  • Daniel Pagowski, Legal Counsel - Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • (CHRC)

An environmental scientist from India, Gian Sangha, who was rejected for an entry-level job in his field has succeeded in challenging the HR practice of rejecting overqualified applicants. While companies might turn away overqualified candidates regardless of where they were born, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) ruled that this practice has a discriminatory effect on immigrant candidates.

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Planning and Sourcing to reach your company's full potential.


  • Logie Bruce-Lockhart , Recruitment Manager, Engineering
  • Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
  • Ruchi Ganju, Program Manager, Diversity Recruitment Initiatives
  • RBC Financial Group

Both Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. and RBC Financial Group believe the best approach to selection is to identify the abilities, experience, and education of candidates, regardless of their country of origin. Learn why two successful companies changed their recruiting strategies to include skilled immigrants and the benefits they have realized.

Download the audio file.

If you are interested in receiving information on upcoming seminars in the series please forward your name and email to